For the second straight week, Christopher Bell has taken the pole in the NASCAR Cup Series. This week at Kansas Speedway, Bell qualified fastest with the only lap over 180 mph at 180.276.
Ross Chastain posted an impressive lap to make the final round, but he could not back it up at crunch time and will start sixth.
William Byron and Bubba Wallace rounded out the top 10, with Byron having an eventful day. Early in practice, the No. 24 team found an issue with the suspension in the form of a broken upper control arm. The initial belief held that Byron would have to drop to the rear. After a meeting with NASCAR, however, the final verdict allows the team to retain their starting position.
A trio of Fords just missed out on the final round, as Joey Logano, Brad Keselowski and Chris Buescher will start 11th, 12th and 13th, respectively. Denny Hamlin, who the spring race at Kansas, qualified 14th.
All playoff drivers that posted a lap qualified inside the top 20, with Kevin Harvick slotting in that 20th starting position.
An eventful practice preceded qualifying, resulting in two drivers not taking time and raising concerns about tires.
In the latter half of Group B practice, Kyle Busch blew a tire in Turn 4, sliding sideways and making significant contact with the wall. Just after the track went green again, Ty Gibbs, who had the second-fastest lap in the group, had a tire go flat in turn 2. Both drivers did not post a qualifying time and will also start in the rear.
The Hollywood Casino 400 at Kansas Speedway will start at 3 p.m. ET on Sunday, Sept. 10. The second race of the NASCAR Playoffs will air on USA Network.
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